Call for Papers

GBL is now accepting manuscripts for a special issue, “The Future of LSP: Rooted in Research,” slated for spring 2023 publication, with guest Co-Editor Darcy Lear. We are soliciting submissions of manuscripts that present new research in the realm of teaching and learning Languages for Specific Purposes, and explore the possible ramifications of that research for the future of the field. Potential topics include:

  • Research on LSP assessment (e.g., proficiency guidelines, reverse design)
  • Study results of innovations in LSP (e.g., curricula, online learning)
  • Findings on LSP applications in professional settings (e.g., in-field studies) or in local communities (e.g., issues of social justice)

Articles may pertain to any language, including English for non-natives. LSP topics include business, but also the arts, engineering, health sciences, law, etc. Authors must follow the Submission Checklist (below) before submitting an article.

Submission Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their compliance with all of the following items. Submissions may be returned to authors who do not adhere to these guidelines.

  • Submission has not been previously published, nor is it currently being considered by another journal.

  • Article is written in English; any examples in another language are translated.

  • Submission file is in Microsoft Word document file (.doc or .docx) format.

  • Article follows APA format (see the Purdue Online Writing Lab for guidelines and examples).

  • Text is double-spaced, uses Times New Roman 12-point font, employs italics rather than underlining (except with URL addresses), and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points.

  • Manuscript begins with an abstract of 150-200 words.

  • Article is between 6,000 and 8,000 words (including abstract, notes, appendices, tables, and references).

  • The instructions for ensuring a blind review have been followed: No information that identifies the author is included in the manuscript. If an author is cited, “Author” and year are used in the bibliography and footnotes, instead of author’s name, paper title, etc.

  • By submitting the article, the author certifies that any data that is subject to Human Subjects Review is appropriately approved and author has certificate of approval.

Note: GBL does not charge any “article submission or processing charges.”

Article submissions or related questions should be emailed to

Peer Review Process

An article submitted to GBL will first be reviewed by the editors to check whether it meets the required guidelines (see the Submission Checklist). The editors will assign the article to two to three reviewers who will use the approved evaluation forms and will not know the identity of the author(s). The reviewers will have approximately one month to review the article and provide a recommendation on acceptance. Then the editors will decide on the status of the article and send an official email notifying the author(s) of the decision.

Working Timeline for Submission, Review, & Publication

  • Manuscript submission deadline: July 15, 2022. Please note: Additional time will be granted upon request, due to the ongoing pandemic situation. Please email
  • Manuscripts under review: July 15-September 15, 2022
  • Decision notification to authors: October 1, 2022
  • Targeted publication date: May 31, 2023
  • Further deadlines to be announced.